Friday, 13 June 2014

Ideas for Life at the Museum!

Today Dorothy and friends visited the Natural History Museum in London.


Little did we know - but this week the Natural History Museum was hosting "Universities Week", in which several universities were invited to showcase their latest research. Since this included scientific projects too, we managed to take in a bit of the "Science Museum" topics whilst still visiting just one place!



Even though Dorothy's friend was only eight it was completely fascinating. 

There was a crawling robot from the University of Leeds which had been inside the pyramids! Did you know those "ventilation shafts" inside? Well, they aren't ventilation shafts at ALL! They are sealed off at the end, and although they are so small not even a child could crawl through, there are hieroglyphics (Egyptian writing) along the passage - amazing!


A voice changer to let your voice go crazy from the University of Winchester called the Voice Trunk was great fun. You can download their app here.

The Voice Trunk!

Plymouth University had three projects, our favourite was Crackles the robot. Crackles is a robot who teaches children in hospitals, and will soon be visiting schools too. Children can find hospitals overwhelming places sometimes, as Dorothy's friends know. Sometimes it's easier to learn about possibly scary things from a Robot than a nurse or Doctor - and much more fun too! Crackles has been teaching diabetic children in Italy about their condition and how to look after themselves.

Here is Dorothy's friend taking Crackles for a walk - he really does walk with you!!!

Crackles the Robot




Crackles was a real hit! Here he is teaching Dorothy's friend his times tables...


The Splatter Project was interesting, and is something YOU can get involved in too by become a #splatterspotter ! By going to their website and recording or getting Mum or Dad to tweet incidents of otters or predatory birds in the UK you can help future plans to protect these vulnerable (at risk) species.



There were many other displays, some a little too complicated to understand but the hosts went to great lengths to help us understand. We saw a Cloud Chamber, which is a way of looking at particles that are usually too small to see with your. Cloud Chambers use condensation to see the tiny particles inside atoms. (Condensation is when a gas becomes a liquid.)

A Cloud Chamber
You can see condensation trails behind aircraft when they fly - it looks like white smoke. The Cloud Chamber uses exactly the same idea to see the trails these particles make. You might have heard of atoms, if you were to smash one the inside "bits" would fly apart, and this is how the Cloud Chamber works. You could ask your science teacher to try and set a Cloud Chamber up!


The tiny straight white line in the middle of this photo is the path of a heavy particle, called a "Muon" (mew-on) . It is something special called "Antimatter" and heavier than other particles, so it's cloud trail is a straight line.

Afterwards we made sure to visit the famous Blue Whale model, which was every bit as impressive as we had heard! The Boa Constrictor was of particular interest since we had viewed only the skeleton before at our local museum :-


We completely ran out of time and will have to return to see more. Both the Natural History Museum AND The Science Museum are free of charge to enter, although a donation is appreciated. There is so much to see and do, and plenty of extra exhibitions and activities over the summer holiday. The Dinosaur Exhibition (for which the Museum is so famous) is worth a trip on its own!



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20 comments:

  1. looks like an interesting exhibition... we love visiting museums x

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  2. I must admit I am not one for museums, but my hubby would like it x

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  3. Wow, what a great week to visit the science museum. That robot looks super cool.

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  4. When we visit London this is always one of the places the boys like to visit

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  5. What a bonus to see all of this when you went to the Natural History Museum. It all sounds so interesting, although I'm not sure I'd want to start collecting roadkill for the Splatter Project. It certainly looks like it was an educational visit though.

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  6. What an amazing sounding exhibit - I love the sound of Crackles :) x

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  7. I love the museums down in London just amazing .x

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  8. When Maxwell is a little older we have promised ourselves we will start taking Maxwell to museums. I believe they are full of so much information - I love the robot!

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  9. seems interesting, i like the idea of changing voice app and a robot which can teach children

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  10. Looks like an interesting and educational day out!

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  11. Clever crackles, this looks like a fab day out!

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  12. Looks like you had a great time, and the Uni week must have been a bonus. Love the little robot!

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  13. Looks like a great day at the Museum. I would have loved Crackles!! Great video!

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  14. Wow!! That Pyramid thing was fascinating. How is still a mystery even now? Amazing. And crackles is so cute - that clip of Dorothy's friend walking with him is just lush :)

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  15. Sounds like a great day out. I love the sound of the crawling robot, amazing to see inside hidden bits of the pyramids!

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  16. Wow sounds amazing! Looks like a fabulous day out! Would love to have seen the robot its crazy what is being developed these days!
    Jen x
    http://jenjbboutique.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks like a brilliant day out #FamilyFriday

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  18. This is what I want my son to see and explore really but London is a bit far and I notice that my husband is a bit nervous when he is driving there. Thanks for sharing this. It looks really fun & educational in there =) #PoCoLo

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  19. Crackles is amazing, and I love the embedding of the G+ post as well - must try that. Thanks so much for taking part in the Parenting Pin it Party this week xx

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Thank you for commenting!
Dorothy xx